Dogbites News - Mar 7, 2009
Manny Ramirez is a Dodger once again.Ramirez on Wednesday agreed to a two-year, $45 million contract to return to Los Angeles, according to major-league sources. The deal will be finalized after Ramirez passes his physical.
Quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel are now coming with him. After putting the franchise tag on Cassel as insurance for their two-time Super Bowl MVP, the Patriots shipped Cassel and linebacker Vrabel to Kansas City on Saturday. The Chiefs gave up shockingly little - the 34th overall pick in the April draft for both players.
Kurt Warner is staying with the Arizona Cardinals, agreeing to a two-year, $23 million contract and ready to play after a season in which he led his team to the Super Bowl.
Wide receiver Terrell Owens is out in Dallas after three seasons, Cowboys sources told FOXSports.com. included a $12 million bonus. When asked about now cutting the receiver, one Cowboys source said, "It was the right thing to do," alluding to the fact that the team is trying to create a more harmonious locker room. The team already released talented but troubled cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones this offseason.
Family and friends gave up the search for two NFL players and a third man missing four days in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard called off the official search Tuesday for Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent NFL defensive lineman Corey Smith, who played for the Detroit Lions last season, and former South Florida player William Bleakley. The friends have been missing since their boat overturned Saturday in rough seas.
Concert organizers confirmed Monday that British rock band Oasis has canceled tour dates in Beijing and Shanghai in April. The shows, scheduled for Beijing's Capital Arena on April 3 and the Shanghai Grand Stage on April 5, would have been the first in mainland China for the group, currently on a world tour promoting its latest release, "Dig Out Your Soul." No explanation has been given for the cancellation, said a venue manager who refused to give his name.
Kiss singer-guitarist Paul Stanley revealed in a TV interview Wednesday that the band would be entering the studio "this week" to work on its upcoming studio effort. "It's going to be very much a throwback to what we did in the beginning," he explained.
In news that is likely to cause much head-shaking and concern, Rihanna has apparently reunited with Chris Brown, who allegedly assaulted her on Feb. 8. People reports the pair is currently "spending time" at a home owned by Diddy in an undisclosed location. "They're together again. They care for each other," a source tells the magazine, before unsettlingly adding, "While Chris is reflective and saddened about what happened, he is really happy to be with the woman he loves."
Fox has renewed The Simpsons for two more seasons.
Eddie Murphy will reportedly play Richard Pryor in a new flick.
SPRING AHEAD: Turn clocks ahead one hour before bed tonight.
Steve McQueen grandson - also named Steven McQueen - will play Jeremy in the CW pilot "Vampire Diaries," based on L.J. Smith's "Vampire Diaries" novels . Screenwriter Kevin Williamson ("Dawson's Creek," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," "The Faculty," "Teaching Mrs. Tingle," the first two "Scream" movies, "Wasteland," "Glory Days," "Cursed," "Hidden Palms") is writing the effort.
Def Leppard will return to the U.S. this summer. Joining them on the 40 date tour will be Poison and Cheap Trick. Public on-sales began March 6. Venues will be announced at a later date. July 1st - PNC Arts Center
No Line on the Horizon may not be the only U2 album that surfaces in 2009. According to a report in The New York Times, the band has plans to issue a companion effort that "will have a more meditative and processional tone" before the end of the year.
A Faces reunion may still happen this year -- but probably not a full-scale tour or recording project. Keyboardist Ian McLagan tells Billboard.com that the latest idea, offered by guitarist Ron Wood at a lunch in London with McLagan and drummer Kenney Jones, is "we do a couple shows and film it. Whether Rod (Stewart) wants to do that...I'm hoping he'll be into that 'cause it'll be such a lot of fun. It's what the three of us would like Rod to agree to." The Faces, with Stewart's touring bassist, got together during November in London to play for three days in various configurations. McLagan -- who's currently touring to promote his latest solo album, "Never Say Never," which comes out March 3 -- says the sessions were "really, really great." The following month word leaked that the group would indeed tour, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea on bass, and that there would also be a new Faces album -- the first since 1973's "Ooh La La." In January both Flea and Stewart denied there would be a Faces tour.
Mötley Crüe will be performing their smash album Dr. Feelgood in its entirety on all stops of the upcoming Crüe Fest 2 tour in honor of the 1989 disc's 20th anniversary. "We figured what better way to celebrate than to play it live top to bottom every night," says bassist Nikki Sixx. The trek kicks off on July 19 in Camden, N.J. In related news, the band is planning to reissue Dr. Feelgood in the spring.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg honored U2 on Tuesday by rechristening a section of the city's 53rd Street "U2 Way" for the day. The bandmembers each were given replica U2 Way street signs at the ceremony.
Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction have announced tour dates. 06.06.09 PNC
Dakota Fanning is negotiating to play lead singer Cheri Currie in "The Runaways," the biopic of the '70s all-girl band that already has "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart playing Joan Jett. The film begins production in late spring.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are teaming up to headline a benefit concert in New York City. The former Beatles will headline the Radio City Music Hall concert on April 4 for the David Lynch Foundation. Other performers joining the two superstars include Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Moby and Bettye LaVette. Tickets go on sale on Monday at 11 a.m. through ticketmaster.com.
Aerosmith: Essential Interviews, a book gathering together memorable conversations with the band's members, will be released May 17. The compilation, which will be available in paperback and as a digital download, contains a career-spanning collection of Q&A's from a wide variety of magazines and other sources.
The first official book focusing on Bon Jovi will hit stores in October to commemorate the band's 25th anniversary. Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful will offer an "insider portrait" of the New Jersey rockers, and will feature exclusive passages written by the band members, as well as as-yet-unpublished photographs.
Bob Dylan has announced a "surprise" new album to be released next month. The as-yet untitled album will be Dylan's first studio release since 2006's Modern Times. The album comes just a few months after Tell Tale Signs, a compilation of outtakes, and was itself inspired by a one-off tune for filmmaker Olivier Dahan. The director of La Vie En Rose asked Dylan to write a song for My Own Love Song, his upcoming movie starring Renée Zellweger. The result was Life Is Hard, a bleak, mandolin-stung ballad. But Dylan didn't stop there - he kept writing and recording with his road band, putting ten new originals to tape. It's a set of 'raw-country love songs' with a border-cafe feel. As always, Dylan served as his own producer, working under the pseudonym Jack Frost.
Jack White was recently asked by Bob Dylan to pay tribute to Hank Williams in a particularly novel way. According to the White Stripes and Raconteurs guitarist and vocalist, Dylan "came upon, somehow, 20 to 25 unfinished songs by Hank Williams -- just the lyrics, no music -- and he started to ask people if they would finish these songs. "[Dylan] did one, asked Willie Nelson to do one, asked me to do one, and I think Lucinda Williams and Alan Jackson are on it, too," White tells MTV News. "I think it might come out this year. It's a cool record," adds White, who recorded his contribution, a song titled 'You Know That I Know,' at Blackbird Studios in Nashville.
Target, the 1,677-store discount chain, has struck a deal with Prince to be the exclusive retail outlet for Prince's new three-disc set. The Prince collection features two predictably tough-to-spell-check original studio albums, LOtUSFLOW3R and MPLSoUND, and a third record, Elixer, which will introduce the world to Bria Valente, the next in the long line of purple protégés. Target will bundle all three albums for $11.98, available starting March 29.
Will cigarette smokers have any money left for anything else? Altria Group (MO) says it will soon raise prices on Marlboro and other brands by 71 cents a pack. In less than a month, a federal excise tax will kick in to the tune of 61 cents per pack. The Altria price hike -- the third in as many months -- is a reaction to the new federal tax.
Peter Tork, a former member of the 1960s pop group The Monkees, says he has a rare form of head and neck cancer, but the prognosis is good.
Seinfeld isn't coming back, but its stars will be together again this fall on HBO. The network says that Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards will appear in several episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm. The HBO comedy stars Larry David, who helped create Seinfeld.HBO wasn't giving out any other details about the appearances, sure to be eagerly anticipated by fans of Seinfeld, which continues to be shown frequently in syndication.
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